PHS shuts out Mounties
The Parkland football team played its most complete game of the 2019 regular season in defeating Stroudsburg 49-0 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference crossover game between teams from the North and South divisions.
The Trojans (6-2 overall, 6-2 EPC) rolled to their fourth straight win and recorded their first shutout of the season and tied their highest point total of 2019. They also put up 49 in the season-opener at Northampton.
“We just wanted to come in and play a full 48 minutes,” said senior wide receiver/defensive back Chris Lessel. “That’s the most important thing. It doesn’t matter the opponent. We haven’t always done that this year outside of the Nazareth game. Just to do that and play good football for the entire game was important for us moving forward.”
The game Friday night was over rather quickly. The mercy rule, which can only be put into effect in the second half, could’ve actually happened in the second quarter, as Parkland jumped out to a 42-0 lead with 9:15 left before halftime.
It got out of hand quickly, but the Trojans were able to see many of their players get time and contribute in front of a large home crowd for homecoming.
“Yeah, it’s always fun and great to get a win in a night like tonight,” Lessel said. “You always want to win in your homecoming game. I think the big thing was we didn’t want to look ahead with Easton coming up. We played good football and had fun tonight and we’ll look forward to Easton now that it’s over.”
Isiah Rico scored the game’s first three touchdowns for the Trojans on runs of nine, two and 15 yards. Ty Tremba connected with Nick Johnston on a 64-yard touchdown reception to close out the first quarter with Parkland up 28-0. Angel Santos then rumbled into the endzone from 37 yards out to open the second quarter scoring, and that was followed by Ryan Zolotsky finding pay-dirt from four-yards away to cap the first half scoring. All three of those touchdowns came on the first play of each drive.
Parkland was actually held scoreless in the third quarter as several younger players got some varsity playing time. Connor George raced for a 62-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter.
“It’s huge to get all these guys a little bit of rest,” said Lessel. “With a tough Easton team coming up we need to be up for the task and that will only happen if we’re as healthy as we can be.”
The Trojans will now set their sights on Easton on the road Friday at Cottingham Stadium. The Red Rovers (6-2, 6-2) have been a rival the last few years with important games being played in both the regular season and postseason between the two teams.
“We need to play our best game of the year to beat them,” Lessel said. “Last year wasn’t fun. They really gave it to us. We’re going to keep that game in the back of our minds and go out and play.”